National Development Council was formed after the recommendation of the Executive council of the Government of India. In this article, a set of 9 questions is given to help the aspirants preparing for competitive exams like UPSC/PCS/SSC/CDS etc. For the convenience of the aspirants, we have given explanation and answers of the questions also.
1. When was the National Development Council established?
Explanation: National Development Council was established in August 1952.
2. Which of the following statements is correct about the National Development Council (NDC)?
(a) It is a constitutional body
(b) It is a statutory body
(c) Its Chairman is the Finance Minister
(d) Chief Ministers of all the States are its member
Explanation: Chief Ministers of all states are its members. Apart from this, all Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers/administrators of all Union Territories are also member of the NDC.
3. Who is the ex-officio Chairman of the National Development Council?
(a) President of India
(b) Prime Minister of India
(c) Finance Minister of India
(d) Vice President of India
Explanation: The ex-officio Chairman of the National Development Council is the Prime Minister of India. Prime Minister chairs all the executive meetings of the National Development Council.
4. Who gives final approval to the Five Year Plan of India?
(a) Prime Minister of India
(b) Finance Minister of India
(c) Planning Commission of India
(d) National Development Council
Explanation: The draft of any five year plan is made by the Planning Commission (now by the NITI Aayog), while the final approval is given on the recommendation of the National Development Council. But now the recent NDA govt. has stopped formation of five year plan.
5. Which of the following is not the motive of the National Development Council?
(a) Receiving cooperation from states in the implementation of a plan
(b) Arrangement of resources for the success of any plan
(c) Promote balanced development in the country
(d) Maintenance law and order situation in the state
Explanation: Maintenance law and order situation in the state does not come under the ambit of National Development Council because maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of the state.
6. Which of the following is the function of National Development Council?
(a) Issuing guidelines for making national plans
(b) Estimate requirement of resources and suggestions for the implementation of the National Plan
(c) To evaluate the economic and social policies affecting national development
(d) All of the above
Explanation: All the functions given in the options are done by the National Development Council.
7. Who was the first Chairman of the National Development Council?
(a) Jawaharlal Nehru
(b) Ballabh Bhai Patel
(c) Doctor Rajendra Prasad
(d) None of the above
Explanation: Since the Prime Minister is the ex-officio chairman of the National Development Council and first Prime Minister of the India was Jawaharlal Nehru. Therefore, Jawaharlal Nehru will be called the first Chairman of the National Development Council.
8. Who of the following is not the member of the National Development Council?
(a) Governor of the State
(b) Chief Minister of the State
(c) Members of the Planning Commission
(d) All cabinet Ministers
Explanation: The Governor of the State is not the member of the National Development Council.
9. National Development Council meeting should be held at least ....... in a year?
(a) 1 time
(b) 2 times
(c) 3 times
(d) 5 times
Explanation: The meeting of the National Development Council should be held at least 2 times in a year.